Advocacy Blog

  • HSITAG Met Out West...Big Success!

    by Jennifer Saha | Jun 23, 2017
    For the first time in the history of the Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG), the group convened in Sacramento to hear from State of California leadership earlier this month. While venturing this far west was quite the journey for our traditionally east coast membership contingent, over 50 people were in the room to hear from an extended half day of guests.
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  • BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold?

    by Lana Sansur | Jun 23, 2017
    This month, CompTIA held a webinar titled, “Blockchain What Does the Future Hold?” hosted by David Logsdon, senior director for Federal Advocacy at CompTIA who handles our New and Emerging Technologies portfolio.
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  • Shared Services, IT Modernization, and Innovation: A CompTIA June 14th Breakfast Briefing featuring Robert Wuhrman, USSM, GSA

    by David Logsdon | Jun 23, 2017
    On May 11th, President Trump signed off on the long-awaited cybersecurity executive order, promoting IT modernization and Shared Services. White House Assistant to the President for Homeland Security stated that " part of the enterprise view of the government is moving to Shared Services." The EO emphasizes the "strong preference" in procurement for shared IT services, which include email, cloud, and cyber services. Shared Services will also be one of the primarily focuses of the newly created American Technology Council.
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  • Minor Changes to Broadband Infrastructure Laws Can Have Huge Impacts

    by Matthew Starr | Jun 22, 2017
    Last week, CompTIA submitted comments in two different FCC proceedings focused on reducing barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment. The first focused on wireless deployment, and particularly on finding ways to speed up the process for deploying small cells. The second focused on wireline infrastructure and how to improve the processes for getting access to utility poles and local rights-of-way. Our proposed changes should help increase broadband competition, improve speeds, lower customer costs, and help pave the way for the next generation of wireless networks.
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  • Have Skills, Will Travel (If the Tax Laws Aren’t Too Confusing)

    by Geoff Lane | Jun 21, 2017
    The House of Representatives this week, passed the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 1393) by a simple voice vote. Passage of the bill with such broad, bipartisan support should send a message to the Senate that it’s now time for that chamber to act accordingly and deliver its own bill (S. 540) for the president’s signature immediately. Many in the IT industry have been monitoring the proposal closely, as it reflects a changing economic landscape and would streamline some of our tax collection laws.
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  • The Space Race to the Data Race: How Innovation is Helping Drive American Competitiveness

    by Lana Sansur | Jun 20, 2017
    Best practices and insights on government innovation in this digital age were shared in a recent closing keynote given by David Logsdon, senior director, public advocacy, new and emerging technologies at the Digital Nation Summit in Washington, D.C.
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  • CompTIA 2017 Excellence in Cybersecurity Awards Winners are Honored

    by Lana Sansur | Jun 16, 2017
    This week, CompTIA held its third annual Excellence in Cybersecurity Award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The ceremony recognizes members of Congress and federal agency program managers who are making important strides in using federal resources wisely to improve the cybersecurity skills of those who work for the U.S. Government.
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  • CompTIA Offers Assistance on Florida’s Terms and Conditions

    by Jennifer Saha | Jun 08, 2017
    The State of Florida’s Department of Management Services has recently proposed some changes to their standard terms and conditions for state contracts. The state’s Agency for State Technology recently survived an attempt to decentralize technology funding, estimated at more than $700m annually. The proposed changes to the state’s standard terms and conditions take the state in the wrong direction. CompTIA expressed some concerns with the proposed changes and, with $700 million on the line in technology spending annually, we are hopeful that Florida hears our concerns and takes them to heart.
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  • Illinois Proclaims April “Information Technology” Month; Event Success!

    by Alexi Madon | Jun 02, 2017
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  • Workforce Committee Huddles to Chat CHANCE, Perkins, and Immigration

    by Geoff Lane | May 26, 2017
    As the key driver of the Championing New Careers and Employees in Technology (“CHANCE in TECH”) Act, CompTIA recently convened a webinar to discuss this and other workforce issues important to the technology industry. Joining CompTIA’s Randi Parker and Geoff Lane, who serve as CompTIA’s policy experts on workforce issues, was Otto Katt, a key congressional staff member to Representative Phil Roe (R-TN).
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  • Bill to Update Career and Technical Education Programs Introduced in the House

    by Geoff Lane | May 11, 2017
    CompTIA is deeply engaged in arming students and workers with the skills today’s economy demands. For instance, we support schools that are making STEM subjects the fundamental building blocks of their curriculum, mentorships that can give students the confidence to excel in IT careers, as well as job training and work-based learning programs.
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  • Tech Convenes to Discuss China Policies

    by Stefanie Holland | May 10, 2017
    As an executive committee member to the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO), CompTIA joined fellow associations and dozens of tech companies for the USITO spring board meeting to discuss China policies that are of importance to the sector.
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  • The FCC Is Tackling Net Neutrality Again

    by Matt Starr | May 01, 2017
    On Thursday, April 27, the FCC took their first official steps towards making significant changes to the rules passed in their 2015 Open Internet Order (aka “Net Neutrality Order”).
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  • CompTIA Testifies on CA Legislation to Block Taxes on Streaming Services

    by Kara Bush | Apr 28, 2017
    On Monday, April 24, CompTIA testified in support of legislation CA AB 252, which would have temporarily prohibited localities from imposing any tax on subscription video streaming services.
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  • NAFTA Modernization Under Consideration

    by Stefanie Holland | Apr 14, 2017
    On March 28, the Trump Administration sent a draft notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the House and Senate trade committees. The draft notice outlines many familiar areas, while revealing areas of departure from past trade policies.
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  • CompTIA New and Emerging Tech Committee Names Chuck Brooks Chairman

    by David Logsdon | Apr 13, 2017
    CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technologies (NET) Committee announced today that Chuck Brooks, Vice President of Sutherland Government Solutions will serve as the 2017 Chairman of the New and Emerging Technologies Committee.
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  • Despite What You've Heard, There Are Still Rules Protecting Customer Data

    by Matt Starr | Apr 06, 2017
    Last week Congress officially overturned the FCC’s privacy rules for ISPs after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 215-205 and the Senate voted 50-48 to pass the resolution. President Trump signed the bill into law on Monday.
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  • HSITAG Meeting at AMM Features CIO of the State of Indiana Jared Linder

    by Jennifer Saha | Apr 03, 2017
    At CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting last month, Jared Linder, CIO of the State of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, gave us an update on what’s happening in HHS IT in the state.
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  • Smart Cities: How Leading Cities are Implementing Development Plans

    by Lana Sansur | Mar 30, 2017
    At this year’s CompTIA Annual Member Meeting held last week in Chicago there was a fascinating panel session titled, “Smart Cities – How Leading Cities are Implementing Development Plans,” moderated by David Logsdon, senior director, federal advocacy at CompTIA.
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  • Governor Rauner Proclaims IT Month in Illinois

    by Alexi Madon | Mar 28, 2017
    For the first time, Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 2017 as Information Technology throughout Illinois! In celebration of this new designation, organizations across the state are hosting a variety of events to demonstrate the importance of this great industry and encourage students of all ages to explore a career in this growing field.
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